Hi- I'm new to the forum, and I'm actually posting for the bass player in my band (I'm the guitar player). Right now, he's been playing a SWR Basic Black combo, and it's been fine enough for rehearsal but we're about to start gigging, and he knows it needs to be replaced. The budget is $1500 but that doesn't mean that he's set on spending that much if a good rig can be had for a little less. The music is moderate-to-hard rock. Not funk. Not metal. Not country. He uses several different basses, but his main ones are a Fender Mustang, and a Jazz Bass. For portability reasons, not considering anything larger than a 4x10" cabinet. So far, he's tried out the SVT 3-PRO, SVT 6-PRO, an Eden Traveler series, and an Aguilar single channel (think it was model number 500). For cabs, he's tried Ampeg 6x10, Eden 4x10, and Aguilar 4x10. I welcome any suggestions you can provide. I know diddly about bass gear, and he seems to know only a little. We were both a bit daunted by the sales person in the store because they asserted that "unlike guitar amps, you really can't judge a bass amp by playing it in the store without the whole band". They felt he should just give them $1500 and take something to rehearsal and then exchange it if we didn't like it. But that sounds like a load of junk. Or is it? Apologies if this type of general question has been asked before. I checked back through recent postings and didn't find a comprehensive answer to my question. Thanks!